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An investigation by NBC News uncovered a startling fact that many GPS monitoring alerts go unanswered by police or parole officers.
 
Across the USA, when high-risk criminals or violent offenders are released from prison, many are forced to wear ankle bracelets with GPS monitoring. Depending on the crime committed, for example convicted rapists and child predators, when they cross into an area prohibited to them, an alarm goes off - alerting police and parole officers of their illegal movement. These are the alarms that are going unanswered and the results can be tragic. The investigation has literally found officers asleep at the 'wheel' and ignoring the alarms.

The investigation showed that, when the alarms were going off - frequently - parole officers and police are ignoring the alarms. When police and parole officers are not taking action, violent offenders are allowed to strike again. With parole officers and police able to watch the every move of these high-risk criminals, there is no logical explanation why there is not immediate reaction to these warning alarms. Reportedly, parole officers say it is 'just too costly to track criminals in real time' even though alerts include a text message of the stray criminal. Law enforcement are provided with the technology to know where these criminals are, ever moment of the day and their failure to use it is resulting in the senseless loss of lives.

Derek Cassell, president of Secure Alert, a global tracking and electronic monitoring services company said, “The reality is, the technology is only as good as what we do with the information. The technology provides the information, but it’s going to take human intervention to follow up.” With the technology available, it's dangerous not to use it.

Several parole officials commented that GPS ankle bracelets are designed to be a deterrent and won’t prevent crimes. Of course GPS ankle bracelet can't prevent another crime from a high-risk criminal but, law enforcement notified of a stray criminal could if they reacted to the notification received by technology provided them. Apparently, law enforcement lack the budget to provide enough man power to more closely monitor these high-risk felons even though advanced technology provides real-time monitoring. There are just too many parolees and not enough officers to monitor the every move of the criminals that result in murders and rapes that have gone, unanswered.

The Washington Department of Corrections has re-trained its officers to better handle GPS monitoring and in upstate New York, some officers were even fired due to their failure to respond to alarms that have resulted in a serious crime, rape or murder. Across the USA, parole officials are taking action to fix the gaps.

Representative Dan Maffei, a New York Democrat said, "What's going on here is the bracelets are going off just as they're supposed to, and the human beings behind it are not responding, and there's no excuse for that. I put forth legislation to set a national standard." Maffei added. "It would provide a watchdog on these probation offices to make sure someone is watching the watchers." Legislation has not been passed and victims' relatives say tragedies will continue to happen unless Congress takes immediate action.

Legislation by Maffei - the Federal Probation System Reform Act (H.R. 3669) - would allocate more funds to support monitoring programs and make it a federal crime to tamper with a monitoring bracelet.

In January 2009, Darrin Sanford, a registered sex offender convicted of luring children, was considered so dangerous when he was released from prison that officers made him wear a GPS ankle monitor. In February 2009 near Vancouver, Washington - Sanford's GPS ankle monitor alarm went off - to alert law enforcement - as he strayed into a restricted area near kids, a place he was prohibited from. His alarm went unanswered as officers weren't monitoring him, as they should have been. Sanford followed 13-year-old Alycia Nipp into a field where he sexually assaulted her then, beat her to death. Alycia's aunt, Amber Neff said, "They knew the entire time and they could've taken him in and they didn't. And now she's gone. And we'll never see her again." Neff added, "It's really a shame because a precious life was lost and she was an amazing child, and it could have been avoided. It didn't have to happen."

In Colorado during 2013, Evan Ebel removed his GPS ankle bracelet and went on a shooting spree. Ebel killed Tom Clements, a father of two the proceeded to kill Nathan Leon, a pizza delivery driver, before being killed in a shootout with law enforcement. Parolee officials claimed they followed procedures.

During 2013 in upstate New York, parolee David Renz tampered with his GPS bracelet - sending out a whopping 46 tamper alerts to local authorities. Law enforcement officers ignored them all. Renz went on to murder school librarian Lori Bresnahan and also raped a 10-year old girl.